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English definition of “garbage”


noun [U]     /ˈɡɑː.bɪdʒ/ US  /ˈɡɑːr-/
B1 US (UK rubbish) waste material or unwanted things that you throw awayRubbish and wasteEnvironmental issues nonsense or stupid ideas: He talks a lot of garbage about education.Nonsense
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